France out of Mali! No Blood for Oil!

Yeah, actually I'm all for France's war of choice in Mali. They are fighting Taliban-like, al-Qaeda sympathizing elements in the country. So, killing as many of them as possible is a good thing.

But don't you find it, I don't know, ironical that when France intervenes in the internal affairs of a country that none of the usual suspects come out and protest?
Wall Street Journal

On Friday, France sent fighter jets and special forces across the vast desert north of Mali, reversing an eight-month-long stalemate between the former French colony and the fundamentalist rebels who overran Mali's north last year.

French forces had focused on regaining control of Konna, which had fallen into rebel hands last week. French and Malian officials have described this small town in central Mali as a strategic gateway for a possible rebel attack on Bamako.

Over the weekend, fighter jets from France attacked targets deep in northern territories controlled by Islamist groups, notably the large city of Gao near the front. The French also targeted sites along the border with Mauritania, as well as Kidal, a remote trading post near Algeria.

Again, I'm all for this. It's better in my book to let other people put their lives at risk for goals that benefit us.

The real question, though, is whether the French tactics will work? Whether limited French airstrikes will be enough?

This is France.

Posted by: Rusty at 11:26 AM


1 Ah, but since it's the French, they can fight without being accused of a war crime every time a troop steps on a daisy.

ISTR a few years ago a French unit opening fire in sketchy circumstances somewhere in Africa, killing a number of civilians, and the "international outrage" rated about 2/10 and lasted five minutes.

Posted by: Rob Crawford at January 14, 2013 11:42 AM

2 As soon as someone else joins the battle, France will depart the scene.

Posted by: Max at January 14, 2013 11:49 AM

3 I hope we can achieve decisive victory prior to August 1st, as the troops will be taking the entire month off on Holiday.

Posted by: Lt. General Claude Renault at January 14, 2013 11:50 AM

4 "As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure." Jacques Chirac,
President of France.

"As far as France is concerned, you're right." Rush Limbaugh

Posted by: Larry at January 14, 2013 12:05 PM

5 My answer to your question is 'no'. Too Clinton-esque.

Posted by: grego at January 14, 2013 12:42 PM

6 That question was answered during WWII. First Göring's failure at Dunkirk. And then by the failure of the Brit campaign over Germany and Lemay's pulverizing of Japan.

Boots on the ground win wars. Certainly when the air force being used is French there is no chance of victory. When is the last time they won? Austerlitz?

Posted by: Agesilaus at January 14, 2013 02:09 PM

7 @6...really, tell me how many boots were needed on Japanese soil after Nagasaki?
Meanwhile, in the real world the business about Saddam was in fact about French attempts to attain leverage over Mid-East oil supplies. I guess its a surprise to most Americans but you actually were fighting a war with a French proxy. aside from millions of tonnes of junk and AK47s from the USSR Iraqs main armourer was France. All Saddams modern (post USSR) weapons were from France. Shedloads. French armour (tanks and ICVs) French artillery, French fighters, French bombers. At the defeat of Saddam France was still owed billions in in un-paid arms bills.

Posted by: Axel at January 14, 2013 03:13 PM

8 @7 ...Well he sure as feck dont mean assholes like you, wanker.

Posted by: Axel at January 14, 2013 03:20 PM

9 Let's send in the Marines to Mali !! After our learning experiences and failures in Afghanistan and Iraq I am SURE that teh next intervention will go better. And Anyone notice how the fall of Qaddafi effected Mali like the fall of Saddam and Syria? With Saddam gone Iran has a much easier time to make trouble by supporting islamic democracy in countries that just aren't really ready for it. The neocon dream of instabilityin the mideast that they thought would benefit Israel has turned into a nightmare.

Posted by: occam at January 14, 2013 03:38 PM

10 All of the African continent, with the possible exception of South Africa, will be going mohamadan bro-hood soon. And anything the civilized world does about it will be too little, too late.

Posted by: EROWMER at January 14, 2013 04:01 PM

11 From what I've been reading, the French were surprised by the amount of heavy weapons they encountered (leftovers from Libya - thanks NATO!) and the Islamists have pushed the French out and are advancing towards the capitol of Mali. So apparently the French will be out of Mali sooner than later. Maybe.

Posted by: LittleRed1 at January 14, 2013 05:09 PM

12 Dial-a-Devil @ shiteaters R Us.

Posted by: Mark at January 14, 2013 05:24 PM

13 I do have plans to disarm the French, but only after Georgia and Texas.

Posted by: Bronco Bama at January 14, 2013 07:42 PM

14 Heh.

Posted by: EROWMER at January 14, 2013 07:58 PM

15 Why are al-Qaeda militants in Mali evil but the ones in Libya and Syria are freedom fighters?

Posted by: Daniel at January 14, 2013 08:28 PM

16 @ Daniel: because the U.S aren't interested in stability in central Africa.

Posted by: Hoosfoos at January 14, 2013 09:11 PM

17 Who is this plonker "White Devil"...sounds like someone at Stormfront...but calls me a racist. Er...
Says I hate anyone here who has read my comments will know I love Germany and loathe only Britain, where I'm for the moment stuck. Berlin is paradise. But hey, he loves the French and he hasnt even been there. Part of my case against the French is how much the Germans detest them. I trust their judgement. French behaviour as visitors is detestable.
Says I hate East Europeans...what the feck....what the hell is he talking about. My girlfriends included a Russian and a Hungarian.
Says I hate the feck is this wanker on? What the feck has Argentina to do with anything? What, is it the Falklands?
Says dont comment on things that dont concern if he abided by that hed say nothing, as hes probably never set foot outside North America. Going to Mexico aint seeing the world.
And as for "speaking for Rusty" I dont think its a wild surmise to anyone who reads what he thinks to guess that he doesnt speak for neo-NAZI dickheads who usethe term "zioshit"
Come over here, weve got real skinheads. And the police like smacking their heads in.

Posted by: Axel at January 14, 2013 09:13 PM

18 he Grey Rooster?
Nah, cant be, even Grey Rooster wouldnt write "...the surprise the Somali War lords gaveare Marines in Mogadishu..."
Its "our marines" dickhead.

Posted by: Axel at January 14, 2013 09:19 PM

19 Axel loves the Germans. I sure he means he loves how efficient they are. It's a real achievement to transport and kill 6 million people in less than four years. Yes I also love the Germans and loathe the Brits for their interference. I trust German judgement just like Axel. Germans are also the best at recycling. The Brits and French not so good.

Duh Axel. How does your foot taste? Wanker.

Posted by: SamIam at January 14, 2013 11:34 PM

20 They're flying the black flag of Al-Qeida? Drop the bomb, Frank!

Posted by: LKP at January 14, 2013 11:38 PM

21 Moshe is a hasbara traitor paid to attack patriots like Greyrooster. His mouth opens. A lie comes out. The Moshes in America are a far larger danger to peace than any Muslim ever was. In truth, Muslims attack America because of it's relationship with Israel. This relationship is what hasbaras wish to hide. I'd respect them more if they were up front with their garbage.

Posted by: Likeitis at January 15, 2013 11:48 AM

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